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Summary

Results-driven, proactive and efficient educator with 20+ years experience providing support, leadership and learning.

Core Qualifications
  • Self-starter
  • Deadline-oriented
  • Urban public schools background
  • People oriented
  • Instructional best practices
  • T-TESS Certified Appraiser
  • Schedule management
  • Employee training and development
Achievements
  • As the ELA PLC advisor : helped GPFAA teachers and students maintain exemplary ELA STAAR/EOC scores since its inception.
  • Presenter: "Choice Matters: Differentiation in the PAP and AP Classroom, June 27, 2017, GPISD  
  • Presenter College Board Southwestern Forum, Houston, February 2017, "Making AP Accessible to Underrepresented Students"
  • Presenter Texas Council Teachers of English, January 2017, "Making AP Accessible to Underrepresented Students".
  • As an instructional leader helped students who had never or who were having trouble passing state assessments, pass and reach level 2 recognition.
  • Served as a member of the GPISD ELA curriculum writing team ( 2007-2009).
  • Led ELA department at South Grand Prairie High School of 18 teachers to increase our overall TAKS standardized test scores in ELA maintaining  above 90% in all sub-populations ( 2007-2012).
  • Facilitated district and campus professional development in the following areas: English Language Arts and Advanced Academics.
  • District Skyward Grade book trainer.
  • Represented Region 10 at state ELA TAKS item analysis discussions ( 2007-2009).
  • Published curriculum with Central Texas Tech Prep Consortium ( 1997).
  • Served as member of Grand Prairie ISD AP Vertical Alignment Team(2008-2012).
Professional Experience
Assistant Principal/ State Testing Coordinator 08/2017 to Current Young Women's Leadership Academy at Arnold Grand Prairie, TX
  • Coordinate and schedule state and district testing
  • Assist in managing, coordinating, and setting high expectations for personnel, students, parents, and building care in order to create a highly functioning organization, smoothly operating campus and ensure that each student is provided opportunity for reaching every potential in gaining a quality education. 
  • Focus on results and make data driven decisions that promote the need for change for student success within the organization.
  • Collaborate with Principal to work with staff to plan, implement, and evaluate instruction on a systematic basis in a way that aligns with district framework.
  •  Promote appropriate technologies to enhance and support instruction and curriculum leading to high levels of student achievement.
  •  Systematically monitor instruction and collaborate with principal for corrective action, improvement, and recognition of success.
  • Support professional learning communities that facilitate collaboration among teachers and promotes exceptional instructional effectiveness.
  •  Promote positive relationships on the campus through effective listening, communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Support the vision, mission and goals for the campus that focuses on student achievement, purposeful and engaging learning, and a safe, caring environment. 
  • Promote high expectations for students and staff.
  • Support and articulate district and campus beliefs and vision.
  •  Share in the responsibility for the discipline, safety and welfare of students.
  •  Support the implementation of a school improvement plan that targets the needs of the campus.
  •  Implement and support the campus' system of assessing student performance, customer satisfaction, and community perceptions.
  •  Assist the principal and the staff in implementation of school-wide goals and objectives.
  •  Monitor timelines for completion of school objectives.
  •  Support professional development needs to ensure that the organization maintains direction and focus for all staff.
  • Make appropriate recommendations relative to personnel hiring and placement, transfer, retention, and dismissal.
  •  Complete teacher appraisals and support staff evaluations.
  •  Adhere to local, state and federal rules, regulations, practices and policies
AP Language and AP Literature teacher 08/2013 to 06/2015 Grand Prairie ISD, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Grand Prairie, TX
  • Used a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
  • Enforced both classroom and administration policies and rules at all times.
  • Established positive relationships with students, parents, colleagues and administrators.
  • Encouraged discussion of class material to promote critical thinking.
  • Implemented remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Participated in regular training courses to keep up-to-date with new teaching methods and developments in the field.
  • Kept accurate records of student performance, maintaining the confidentiality of student records and information at all times.
  • Prepared students for success on AP ELA tests.


TAP Master Teacher, Grand Prairie High School 08/2012 to 06/2013 Grand Prairie ISD Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Implemented the policies and procedures of  TAP, The System for Teacher and Student Advancement (NIET, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching).
  • Developed, coordinated and supervised instructional programs including design and delivery processes and the development of instructional strategies.
  • Analyzed student data ; developed school academic goal; monitored goal setting.
  • Planned and facilitated cluster professional development meetings on a weekly basis following the STEPS for Effective Learning Model.
  • Conducted weekly classroom follow-up and goal attainment for cluster members.
  • Conducted teacher evaluations and conferencing for both formal and informal observations.
  • Developed the long-range plan, cluster meeting record and activities in accordance with TAP implementation.
ELA Department Chair, South Grand Prairie High School 08/2007 to 07/2012 Grand Prairie ISD Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Maintained TAKS exemplary department for five consecutive years.
  • Coordinated lesson design and planning in common planning sessions.
  • Mentored new teachers.
  • Disseminated and gathered content specific materials.
  • Facilitated monthly department meetings.
  • Compiled and distributed budget orders Inventory equipment.
  • Used data system D2SC: created common assessments, scanned common assessments, disseminated and analyzed data with grade level leaders and teachers.
  • Set team goals
  • Served on campus Academic Leadership Team.
  • Mediated departmental disputes.
AP Language Teacher, South Grand Prairie High School 08/2006 to 06/2012 Grand Prairie ISD Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Used a variety of teaching methods such as whole, small and individual grouping.
  • Taught advanced instructional strategies.
  • Implemented remedial program for students requiring extra help.
  • Participated in regular training courses to keep up-to-date with new teaching methods and developments in the field.
  • Incorporated engaging yet rigorous texts to enhance literacy skills and foster an engaging learning environment.
  • Assessed student progress weekly, monthly and quarterly.
  • Integrated technology into the curriculum to develop students' word processing and research skills.
  • Planned and conducted hands-on activities to provide students with opportunities to observe, question and investigate.
  • Maintained AP scores above the state average.
English Teacher ( campuses: Kennedy Middle School, Grand Prairie High School) 01/1998 to 07/2006 Grand Prairie ISD Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Prepared students for the TAKS test.
  • Developed and implemented lesson plans that fulfilled the requirements of district's curriculum program.
  • Planned and used appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflected an understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned.
  • Created classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students.
  • Met with parents and guardians to discuss students' progress.
  • Enforced both classroom and administration policies and rules at all times.
English teacher 08/1995 to 05/1997 Bartlett ISD Bartlett, TX
  • Helped students develop and improve study methods and habits.
  • Planned and conducted hands-on activities to provide students with opportunities to observe, question and investigate.
  • Used a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
  • Coached students and reviewed test material in preparation for TAAS state-wide standardized tests.
Education and Training
Principal Certification 2010 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 4.0 GPA
Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction 2003 University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas
  • Minor in Reading
Bachelor of Arts: English 1994 University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas
  • Minor in History
Bachelor of Arts: English 1994 University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas
  • Minor in History
Certifications
  • Principal Certification
  • Texas Teacher Certification
Affiliations
  • Classroom Teachers Association
  • College Board
  • Texas Council of Teachers of English
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Professional Summary
Dedicated Teacher with a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence in teaching. Skillfully manages lectures and promotes open classroom discussions.
Skills
  • Course planning
  • Charismatic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Culturally-sensitive
  • Managing classroom for diverse populations
  • Experience with special-needs students
  • Teaching/tutoring
Work History
September 1985-January 1993 High School Teacher | Delta State Teaching Service Board | Agbor, Delta State
  • Worked with administrators on behavioral issues to support the needs of all students.
  • Completed in-service and additional training to maintain professional growth.
  • Prepared and implemented lesson plans covering required course topics.
  • Administered assessments and standardized tests to evaluate student progress.
January 1993-November 2015 College Professor | Marymount College | Agbor, Delta State
  • Wrote course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments and handouts.
  • Wrote, administered and graded midterm and final examinations.
  • Coached students on public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Pointed students to relevant information about academic and personal support services available at the college.
  • Convened and led a multi-discipline committee to address sustainability in college operations.
Education
1985 National Certificate in Education (NCE): Religion/Social Studies College of Education, Agbor, Nigeria
1998 Bachelor of Education: Religious Studies Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
2002 Master of Education: Educational Administration Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
2013 Ph.D.: Educational Administration Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
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Education
LLM, Master of Laws (2018 - Current) University of Toronto , Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Honors and Awards: Faculty of Law Fellowship.
  • Relevant Courses: Administrative Law; Business Organizations; Canadian Legal Methods and Writing; Canadian Migration Law; Economic Analysis of Law; Health Law; International Human Rights Program - Clinical Course; Law, Institutions and Development; and  LL.M Seminar.
  • International Human Rights Program: Currently leading the LBGTQ Rights Projects, including challenging anti-sodomy laws in the Caribbean. 
Law School (2012 - 2017) Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Quito, Ecuador
  • GPA: 3.98 / 4.00 
  • Honors and Awards: Degree in Law with Suma Cum Laude Honors; Distinction for obtaining a Minor Degree in Literature while studying Law. 
EXCHANGE SEMESTER (2017) Pázmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Honors and Awards: Full scholarship granted for academics by the Erasmus + Student Mobility Programme. 
  • Relevant Courses: Comparative Property Law: Principles of Property Law in Europe; Democratic Society and the Rule of Law in Fear of Terror; EU Environmental Law; International Communication; Law and Literature; and Misleading Advertising. 
Experience
Lexvalor S.A. Quito, Ecuador Corporate and Securities Law Associate 01/2018 to 07/2018
  • Provided legal advice to companies in a wide variety of transactions, including contracts; financing operations; and general corporate issues. 
  • Generated "due diligence" documents for our firm's biggest clients.
  • Reviewed and provided comments on the adequacy of documents and took necessary steps to cure any deficiencies.
  • Led meetings with clients; counterparts; experts; and authorities.
Fundacion Colegio Americano de Quito Quito, Ecuador United Nations High School Teacher 09/2017 to 01/2018
  • Taught the United Nations class for High School students (i.e. grades 9 - 12) and tutored the class for University students.
  • Created all daily lesson plans and was responsible for grading student tests, exams, and papers. 
  • Prepared the students for national and international Model United Nations  (i.e. The Hague International Model United Nations Conference; World Model United Nations New York). 
Legal Clinic: Universidad San Francisco de Quito Quito, Ecuador Legal Intern 01/2016 to 12/2017
  • Assisted in administrative procedural cases before the Ecuadorian courts in matters concerning family law. 
  • Provided legal assistance in judicial proceedings in a variety of family law matters pending before the Ecuadorian courts. 
  • Lead meetings with clients and public authorities.
Volunteer Work

TENANT DUTY COUNCIL                                                                  01/2019 - Current

  • In charge of offering the legal aid service to new users of the system and assisting the lawyers in the preparation of new interviews. 

KAMINKER & ASSOCIATES IMMIGRATION LAW                     01/2019 - Current

  • In charge of legal research for leading cases. 


Extracurricular

ATHLETICS 

  • Sponsored marathon runner (2014 - 2018)
  • Nike running coach (2014 - 2017)

PUBLICATIONS 

  • Writer and editor of the Art Magazine "Líneas de Expression" (2015 - 2018) 
  • Writer for law review articles. A few examples listed below:
  • http://www.usfq.edu.ec/publicaciones/lawreview/Paginas/revistas/revista005.aspx.
  • http://revistas.usfq.edu.ec/index.php/iurisdictio/.
  • http://www.usfq.edu.ec/publicaciones/lineasdeexpresion/Documents/ultimo.pdf

UNIVERSITY

  • Teacher's Assistant (TA) for six (6) different subjects (2015 - 2017), including Roman Law History; Contracts; Theory of Civil Law Obligations; English for Political Scientists; Introduction of Model United Nations; and Russia's Foreign Policy. 
  • Member of the University's team for the VIII International Arbitration Competition in Santiago de Chile, Chile.
  • Member of the University's team for the World Model United Nations New York 2014.
  • Tutor of the team that represented the University in the World Model United Nations New York 2015. 
Language Skills

Spanish, (native proficiency), English (fluent, professional proficiency), Learning Italian. 

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Skill Highlights
  • 19 years special education experience across school, state agency, non-profit and clinical settings
  • 13 years of experience conducting comprehensive assessments and evaluations of students ages 6-18, including administration and interpretation of a wide variety of assessment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • 10 years of experience with Due Process oversight including establishing processes, staff development and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws 
  • Leadership of various committees including Special Education Advisory Council, Special Education Compliance and Monitoring, Assessment and Professional Development
Professional Experience
Groves Academy St. Louis Park, MN Middle School Interventionist/Tutor 10/2017 to Current 2018-19 School Year: Middle School Interventionist working with students in Reading and Math, while also providing support across the curriculum. 2017-18 School Year: Substitute teacher in all subject areas and in all three divisions: lower, middle and upper school. 1:1 tutor working with middle and high school non-Groves Academy students on study skills, organization, test preparation, executive functioning skills and across the curriculum.
Hiawatha Leadership Academies - Morris Park Minneapolis, MN Special Education Coordinator 08/2016 to 06/2017 Overall coordination, supervision, and oversight of student support programming and staff; direct supervision of fulltime staff and contracted providers, including School Psychologist, S/L, PT, OT and DHH; responsible for compliance with all applicable state and federal special education laws; collaboration with school administration, ELD, Health Office and School Social Worker; Child Study Team and RtI oversight; and assessment/direct service with students K-4 receiving special services.
LDA Minnesota (MN Affiliate of National Learning Disabilities Association) Golden Valley, MN Education Services Manager 10/2014 to 06/2016 Oversight of three of LDA's programs: (1) Learning Connections which uses evidence-based curriculum and ongoing progress monitoring to provide intensive, small group instruction to students in urban schools in an effort to close the achievement/opportunity gap; (2) Tutoring/Executive Function Skill Building Programming; and (3) Early Literacy Training through the National Raise a Reader program.
Nova Classical Academy St. Paul, MN Principal 06/2012 to 06/2014

Educational leader responsible for Special Education & Section 504 compliance; faculty/staff supervision and curricular support; student and family relations; data-driven decision making, fiscal responsibility, professional development and student discipline.

A New Leaf Educational Solutions Edina, MN Owner/Diagnostician/Consultant 07/2010 to 04/2012 Independent educational diagnostician/consultant and contract provider at Rosenberg Center, Roseville; in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team conducted comprehensive assessment and evaluation of students ages 6-18; administration and interpretation of such assessments as WJ, WIAT, WRAT, KTEA, GORT, TOWL, Key Math and others
Minneapolis Pubic Schools Minneapolis, MN Special Education District Program Facilitator 07/2004 to 06/2011

Administrative oversight of a special education program serving students in grades 9-12 and with a variety of special learning needs (EBD, LD, ASD, ADHD, and DD); staffing; curriculum review and development; assessment coordination and student discipline.

Minneapolis Public Schools Minneapolis, MN Program, Behavior & Curriculum Coordinator 08/2003 to 07/2004

Administrator providing behavior and academic support to teachers in a Federal Setting 4 EBD program for students in Grades 9-12; state and district test coordinator; student discipline; Due Process.

Minnesota Department of Corrections St. Paul, MN Director of Education 03/2001 to 08/2003

Director of educational programming for inmates as two adult correctional facilities, including GED, ABE and contracted higher educational programs served through MNSCU; contract maintenance and development with various bargaining groups; management of a $500K budget.

Park Nicollet Clinics - Alexander Center Eden Prairie, MN Educational Diagnostician/Consultant 02/2000 to 02/2001

Educational diagnostician/consultant on a multi-disciplinary team conducting comprehensive assessment and evaluation of students ages 6-18, including administration/interpretation of WJ, WIAT, WRAT, KTEA, TOWL, GORT, and Key Math among others; presenter/speaker/trainer on various topics in education and to a variety of organizations.

Independent School District 196 Rosemount, MN Administrative High School Specialist 07/1999 to 11/1999

Administrative team member representing Grades 9-12 in a Level 5 EBD program; curriculum development; state and district assessment coordinator; Due Process; student discipline.

Independent School District 196 Rosemount, MN Special Education Teacher 07/1994 to 07/1999

Reading and Health teacher for students in Grades 9-12 in a Level 5 EBD program; complete responsibility for the ordering, development and maintenance of the K-12 library.

Education
Master of Education: Special Education 1996 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education 1989 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
ADDITIONAL EDUCATION

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION: Educational Leadership

  • Saint Mary's University, Minneapolis 1; ABD
Licensure

State of Minnesota - File Folder 321428 - Expires June 30, 2024

  • Principal K-12 (Expires June 30, 2019)
  • Emotional Behavior Disorders K-12
  • Learning Disabilities K-12
  • Elementary Education 1-6